Mahila Police have detained a middle-aged woman after a complaint from an 18-year-old girl who was allegedly gangraped twice within 10 days.
The victim, a resident of Mahavir Nagar of Salia Sahi, has been sent for medical examination. She was allegedly subjected to the sexual assault twice - once at Bhubaneswar and second time at Jharsuguda.
According to the complaint, the girl had been befriended by one Lucky Das of Sriram Nagar of Salia Sahi on February 18 during a cultural programme. She had taken the victim to her place the same night when the latter was allegedly gangraped by two or three persons.
The girl alleged that she had been drugged before the incident. The next morning when she regained sense, Lucky apologised for the incident and promised to arrange her a job at Jharsuguda. The two then travelled to Jharsuguda a few days later where the second incident took place. The girl returned to Bhubaneswar in a distressed condition and local women’s organisation took up the matter and reported it to the police.
Activists stage demo
Women’s organisations on Saturday lodged strong protest near Khandagiri Square over screening of certain “jatras” which they said were in bad taste. Demanding police action against such screening, the women activists tore down posters of some “jatra” and even stalled ticket sale.
Led by Odisha Nari Sachetana Manch, the activists also rued that police were sitting pretty while such operas which hurt sentiments of the public are being screened. Later, they laid siege to Khandagiri Police Station as a token of protest. Commissionerate of Police apparently told the women organisations that it has no power to stop screening of the “jatras”.